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Press Clippings 2006-2007

Tulsa World - August 15, 2007

It’s not often that more than 40 years of rock history gets upstaged by a 9-year-old fan. But much like Frank Zappa’s music legacy was passed on to his own son Dweezil, senior Zappa’s music has reached yet another generation of listener, thanks to his son... [ more ]

Citizen-Times.com - August 10, 2007

Frank Zappa was an obscure musical icon, known just as much for his zany lyrics as he was for constantly pushing the compositional boundaries of rock ‘n’ roll... [ more ]

Tucson Weekly - August 09, 2007

Dweezil Zappa hopes his second annual Zappa Plays Zappa concert tour will clear up some of the misconceptions the general public maintains about the music of his famous father, Frank... [ more ]

Live Daily - August 09, 2007

Dweezil Zappa continues to pile new “Zappa Plays Zappa” dates onto his schedule, with a slate that continues the tour into late November... [ more ]

NPR: All Things Considered - August 09, 2007

Aug. 9, 2007, is the first-ever Frank Zappa Day in Baltimore. Zappa was born Dec. 21, 1940, in Baltimore. So why celebrate now? It happens to be the day that Zappa's son, Dweezil, has chosen to visit Baltimore and play some of his dad's songs.... [ listen ]

Urban Tulsa Weekly - August 08, 2007

It's hard to imagine than anyone could truly do justice to Frank Zappa's musical canon... [ more ]

Mountain Xpress, (Asheville, NC) - August 08, 2007

The mention of the name Frank Zappa brings to mind an image, not so much of a man, but of sheer musical lunacy. At first listen, Zappa’s discography consists of a bizarre combination of toilet humor, ‘50’s doo-wop, free jazz and heavy metal guitar... [ more ]

Boston Herald - August 05, 2007

Frank Zappa’s music demands your attention. Try to shove it in the background and it’ll give you a headache - because that’s not where it’s meant to be... [ more ]

Baltimore Sun - August 05, 2007

The early returns say they've been pulling it off. "Of all the tribute bands appearing in rock venues these days," wrote critic Calvin Wilson of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, "Zappa Plays Zappa may be the most heartfelt - and the most necessary"... [ more ]

BlogCritics.Org - August 01, 2007

There’s the right way and the wrong way to pay tribute to a musical genius on stage... [ more ]

CityPaper (Philadelphia) - July 31, 2007

Frank Zappa is a tough guy to explain, but that doesn't mean Dweezil isn't trying. With Zappa Plays Zappa, the eccentric guitarist and composer's son is keeping his nu-rock tunes alive... [ more ]

Prairie Public.Org - July 28, 2007

After a lengthy encore, the audience was left in a state euphoria only Zappa could produce, as if we were all local teenagers hanging out at Joe’s Garage... [ more ]

Modern Guitars Magazine - July 27, 2007

Dweezil Zappa has been rather busy over the past couple of years. Both out of choice and out of need he decided to analyze and study pretty close to everything pertaining to the music of his late father, Frank Zappa, the legendary musician, composer, arranger, producer, film director, political activist, and bandleader... [ more ]

Columbus Dispatch - July 27, 2007

The Tour de France is a scandal-plagued bicycle endurance race that takes place in July. The "Tour de Frank" is a hard rock concert tour that takes place in July. Which is more fun?... [ more ]

The Flint Journal - July 27, 2007

Dweezil Zappa isn't only in it for the money. He conceived the "Zappa Plays Zappa" tour, which comes to Meadow Brook Music Festival tonight, as a way to keep his late father's legacy alive... [ more ]

Columbus Dispatch - July 25, 2007

Guitarist Dweezil Zappa will perform "Zappa Plays Zappa," Thursday at the Lifestyle Communities Pavilion. His show this year features as many as 26 of his legendary father's songs... [ more ]

Cleveland Free Times - July 25, 2007

It's certainly not unusual for a son to follow his father's footsteps into the family business. It's not quite as common for the father's footsteps to be followed with an unerring exactitude that requires extensive learning and relearning... [ more ]

The Daily Page - July 22, 2007

For the generation of devoted fans of Frank Zappa who still sense an emptiness in their musical lives 13 years after his untimely passing, last year's "Zappa Plays Zappa" tour was a wondrous gift... [ more ]

Weekend America - July 21, 2007

The tour is called Zappa Plays Zappa. But it could also be called Zappa on Zappa, Next to a Projection of Zappa. Dweezil Zappa, famed son of Frank Zappa, is on tour this summer playing his dad's best songs, with a video projection of Frank Zappa right next to him... [ listen ]

What's On Winnipeg - July 20, 2007

Recreating the music of Frank Zappa is no easy task. The late icon was a musical scientist who incorporated such diverse styles as classical, jazz and '50s doo wop into his complicated and inventive arrangements during a wildly innovative career... [ more ]

Indy Star - July 20, 2007

Frank Zappa left his mark on 20th-century pop culture in a variety of ways... [ more ]

Chicago Sun Times - July 20, 2007

As tribute tours go, "Zappa Plays Zappa" is a cut above the rest... [ more ]

Chicago Time Out - July 19, 2007

Frank Zappa’s arch mix of satire and seriousness, along with close attention to songwriting and compositional details, earned him a cult following from the ’60s to his death in 1993. His son Dweezil has been carrying the torch, and leads the second of his Zappa Plays Zappa tours... [ more ]

NPR - July 18, 2007

Musician and composer Frank Zappa left an amazing legacy: more than 80 albums and hundreds of additional compositions. Now his son, Dweezil, is working to keep his father's music alive... [ listen ]

Canoe.ca JAM! Music - July 18, 2007

Dweezil Zappa's guitar may want to kill your mama -- but its real purpose is to keep his father Frank's music alive... [ more ]

OnMilwaukee.com - July 17, 2007

Dweezil Zappa, son of the late Frank Zappa, started his career -- and his reputation as a total fox -- in the late '80s as an MTV VJ... [ more ]

Winnipeg Sun - July 14, 2007

It's hard to be a black sheep when you're part of the Zappa flock. "That's the thing," laughs Dweezil Zappa, eldest son of rock legend Frank Zappa. "The only way to really rebel in our family would have been to become an accountant or a lawyer or a Republican... [ more ]

Live Daily - June 27, 2007

Dweezil Zappa means business. Of course, if you're going to accept the challenge of tackling some seriously difficult material--never mind that your father, Frank Zappa, wrote it--you've got to put in the time. [ more ]

Seattle Weekly - December 20, 2006

Eclectic, prolific, eccentric, acerbic, enigmatic, virtuosic . . . the late Frank Zappa is a true American legend... [ more ]

St. Louis Post-Dispatch - December 14, 2006

Of all the tribute bands appearing in rock venues these days, Zappa Plays Zappa may be the most heartfelt — and the most necessary... [ more ]

Orlando Sentinel - December 08, 2006

Most people remember Frank Zappa as a weirdo: the hairy guy from the '70s who sang "Don't Eat the Yellow Snow" and named his kid Dweezil... [ more ]

CreativeLoafing.com Atlanta - December 6, 2006

It's been 14 years since iconoclastic musician/composer Frank Zappa passed away from prostate cancer, and 18 years since he played his last concert... [ more ]

The McGill Tribune, Montreal - October 31, 2006

The dress code for last Tuesday's Zappa Plays Zappa show at Metropolis ranged from too-tight Harley leathers to Eddie Bauer windbreakers to conservative business-casual to Iron Maiden T-shirts... [ more ]

courant.com - October 31, 2006

In his roughly 30-year career, Frank Zappa recorded more than 60 albums, establishing himself as a musical maverick, cult hero and free-speech crusader... [ more ]

ctnow.com - October 29, 2006

His attention to detail is either impressive or monomaniacal, but Dweezil Zappa spent five hours a day for six months learning a 2-second guitar part from "The Black Page," a song by his father, the eclectic rocker/composer/satirist Frank Zappa... [ more ]

New Haven Advocate - October 26, 2006

When I first had this idea, a lot of people sort of said ‘that’s going to suck.’”... [ more ]

Atlantic City Weekly - October 26, 2006

Over a recent two-year stretch Dweezil Zappa had to relearn how to play the guitar... [ more ]

Buffalo News (Review) - October 24, 2006

The late Frank Zappa left a mighty footprint, and though dozens of artists have attempted to re-create the man's music, very few have measured up... [ more ]

DC Style Magazine - October 23, 2006

Frank Zappa raised the bar on cool. A technical virtuoso, the Baltimore native composed complicated rock pieces dripping with satire, running jokes and child-like glee—and that was even before he got to the lyrics... [ more ]

The Providence Journal - October 22, 2006

Dweezil Zappa says that re-creating the music of his father, Frank Zappa, on stage was probably inevitable... [ more ]

Buffalo News - October 20, 2006

"The thing is, so many people claim to be paying tribute to Frank, and so many musicians play his music, but a lot of them just aren't getting it right."... [ more ]

Canton Rep - October 20, 2006

Dweezil Zappa sounds plenty proud and pumped about “Zappa Plays Zappa,” the show he’ll bring to Canton’s Palace Theatre on Sunday night... [ more ]

Hour.ca - October 19, 2006

This week's heavily anticipated Zappa Plays Zappa concert sees Frank's son Dweezil uniting with an all-star cast to painstakingly recreate the enigmatic guitarist's most intricate songs... [ more ]

Kansas City Star - October 19, 2006

To perform the slightest of moments in the three-hour “Zappa Plays Zappa” show, Dweezil Zappa spent more than six months in intensive training... [ more ]

RockyMountainNews.com - October 16, 2006

With some of his dad's former collaborators (including guitarist Steve Vai) and a bunch of new young musicians, Dweezil Zappa is bringing Frank Zappa's music back to the stage for the first time since the iconoclastic rocker's 1993 death... [ more ]

DenverPost.com - October 12, 2006

It's clear why Dweezil Zappa reveres his father's music. He grew up around the colorful concerts and musicians on the freaky side of the '70s... [ more ]

LA Times Review - June 26, 2006

Frank's son does his late dad proud in a leisurely retrospective carefully culled from FZ's eclectic songbook... [ more ]

The Review Magazine, Detroit - June 16, 2006

Even since some five years before Frank Zappa's death in December 1993, little has been done when it comes to offering his music in a live setting... [ more ]

NY Times Review - June 14, 2006

The bad news is that the band featured in Zappa Plays Zappa, the sprawling tribute that touched down at the Beacon Theater on Monday night, was upstaged by an opening act. The good news is that the opening act was Frank Zappa... [ more ]

NY Times Preview - June 11, 2006

In the liner notes to the 1966 album "Freak Out!" by the Mothers of Invention, you can find the following things: annotations on the 14 songs, describing them variously as "very greasy," "trivial nonsense" and "what freaks sound like when you turn them loose in a recording studio"a... [ more ]

An Interview with Dweezil Zappa

DZ: There are so many things that are misunderstood or not recognized about my father’s music because they’ve been filtered by people who work for magazines like Rolling Stone... [ more ]

 
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